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Unread 06-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default I Got Asked To Cook The Barbecue.....

for a High School graduation party....50+ hungry young adults...

How many poke butts/pounds do you suppose I need to cook?
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To me, being asked to cook for this kind of celebration is the best compliment I can get - congratulations for being asked to do the gig! I did my sons' graduation rehearsal luncheon for 60+ last week. Pulled pork sandwiches & chicken. I cooked 6@8 pound butts after trimming some thick fat that made 2@3-1/2 deep full sized foil pans after pulling and 60 pieces of chicken quarters, plus a full foil pan of slaw and a full foil pan of beans. Too much pulled pork and chicken (had a full pan of pulled pork and 28 pieces of chicken as leftovers); just right on the sides. So, I'm thinking 4@8 pound butts and you will be in good shape.
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Id cook about 1 butt to 4-5 people so id say 15 butts
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Are the butts the main dish or will there be other meats? I cooked 3-8# last week for 50 but they had a ton of appetizers and there was plenty of pork. Everyone enjoyed!
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Butts are it...plus whatever sides and stuff the hosts scare up...
I'm responsible for the cooking of the barbecue meat only.....
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Big eaters - thats about 1 pound of finished pulled pork per person!

PS: gonna be in Huntsville 6/24, any good restaurant recommendations?
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I would say you should be good with 5-6 butts based on my experience. Should be able to make at least 15-20 sandwiches per butt and thats being conservative.
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Id cook about 1 butt to 4-5 people so id say 15 butts
and youll have enough pork 180 people!
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Id cook about 1 butt to 4-5 people so id say 15 butts
Umm... that's a bit too much.

Just cooked 12 boneless butts (91 lbs. raw) for 150 people.
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It all depends on how hungry they are and how good a cook you are. I cooked for a group once and picked up extra as I don't mind leftovers. I had 1.5lbs per person cooked weight and they cleaned me out. The scary thing is that half were women and children.
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If you cook 5 or 6 good size butts you will be in good shape, with prolly a little bit left over.
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Based on an assumption that it is 50/50 boys to girls, and that there are healthy boys.

I am going to say figure on 1/2 pound finished per person (normally I would figure 1/3# per person, but, that assumes a spectrum).

50 people x .5 pounds = 25 pounds finished meat total.

assuming 40 percent loss in cooking

25lbs x 1.6 = 40 pounds raw pork (assuming bone-in)

Assuming 8 pounds per butt, you would need 5 butts.
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5 is right, so I'd do 6.
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My kids (three beautiful girls) when they graduated had a lot of boys show up and those guys ATE. I would use a teen male multiplier of x2.5
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I use a standard formula of 12 people per butt, which would mean 4 butts for 48, since it is your only meat I would add one for safe measure for a total of five butts.
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